thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to large sized white bubbles and amber orange transparent body. It has a strong hoppy aroma and a strong hoppy flavor to boot. It has an initial hop flavor and a strong hop finish. You can summarize the brew in 1 word! HOPPY. A true hopheads delight.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) I wish I couls tell the difference between hops, because as I opened this one, this had a very distinctive nose. Smelled wonderful. Then the taste just seemed fresh and hoppy and wonderful. And the bottle had been in my fridge for probably 2 months. I quite enjoyed it.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its got a pretty clear golden yellow color with a moderate fluffy head. All these ultra hopped Stone beers get me excited at first thinking, 'Oh, nothing but hops' but they are always well balanced, incredibly hoppy but they don't hit me back
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Very bitter and a bit too thin. Nice hop aroma and flavour, buttery malt but excessive bitterness lingers un-balanced by the thin body. Some odd medicinal flavours evident too.
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mellow, but strong, pine-fruit-hop-butterrum aroma. Hazy butterscotch beer, offwhite head and great bottle. Prickly mature hopped flavor, a little sour, but mostly fruit-sweet. Forthright PA, but not too edgy. Pithy mouthfeel.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice hop aroma. Golden color. Small white head. Decent flavor profile but tasted a little thin. Crisp tasting with little lingering aftertaste. Similar to Bell's Two Hearted Ale.Needs a little more sweetness to balance the hops.
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice copper amber colored beer with a small nice white head. Light and floral hops aroma is very appealing. Flavor is light floral and finishing bitter. Nice clean bitters with little heavy aftertaste. Very nice.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2003 Ah yes. What a sweet elixor this is. The fragrance, like a bouquet of all things holy, gingerly tickles the nostrals and wrenches the salivatory glands. Flavor, while too complex to dissect is a rich mosaic of caramel, molasses, honey, tart hoppy spirit and assorted gifts that description seems to detract from. Perfect carbonation, head and balance combine into a symphony of pleasure. Stone has pushed the boundarys of IPA's and found a beautiful way to incorporate strong taste and flavor into this hoppy breed.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 One of my all time favorites. The more I drink it lately, the more I notice how good it is. In my opinion, better in bottles. Gotta try it.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 7.7%, this is big beer with even bigger hop presence. Although it's got plenty of hops, Ruination's got enough gravity that it wasn't over the top, even for a non-hophead like myself.